Top Ten Hard Rock Bands That Formed In the 1980s


The Top Ten

1 Guns N' Roses (1985) Guns N' Roses (1985) Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Slash is a killer guitarist - BigBerry25

2 Bon Jovi (1983)

Yeah This is right so right so correct

Out if these I love Bon Jovi little more then Green Day
Livin on a prayer & you give love a bad name - Curti2594

3 Metallica (1981)

Basically they're not a hard rock band although several songs can be regarded as hard rock. But these songs are exceptions and I think Metallica shouldn't be on this list. There's a big difference between metal and hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

Mainly Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal but still has some great hard rock songs - zxm

4 Tesla (1982) Tesla (1982)
5 Mötley Crüe (1981) Mötley Crüe (1981) Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
6 Red Hot Chili Peppers (1983)

They're not a hard rock band. - Metal_Treasure

Alternatives - zxm

7 Nirvana (1987)

They're not a hard rock band. - Metal_Treasure

Alternatives - zxm

8 Green Day (1987)

They're not a hard rock band. - Metal_Treasure

Punk Rock In 90s.Punk & Alternatives in early 2000s and Alternative in late 2000s.Clearly they aren't hard rock.They are Punk and Alternative Rock. - zxm

9 Headpins (1980) Headpins (1980) Headpins are a Canadian rock group, founded as a side project in the late 1970s by then Chilliwack members Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod.


Don't It Make You Feel; Mine all mine

10 Alcatrazz (1983)

The Contenders

11 Poison (1983) Poison (1983) Poison is an American glam and hard rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
12 Radiohead (1985)

They're not a hard rock band. - Metal_Treasure

13 Soundgarden (1984) Soundgarden (1984) Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

They're not a hard rock band. They are grunge-to-metal. - Metal_Treasure

14 Dream Theater (1986) Dream Theater (1986) Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

Not hard rock - they are progressive metal and progressive rock - Metal_Treasure

Progressive Metal not hard rock - zxm

Eighty five. EIGHTY FIVE! - IronSabbathPriest

15 Honeymoon Suite (1981) Honeymoon Suite (1981) Honeymoon Suite is a Canadian hard rock/glam metal band formed in 1981 in Niagara Falls. The band's name was a nod to the fact that Niagara Falls is the unofficial honeymoon capital.
16 Cinderella (1983) Cinderella (1983) Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation.
17 L.A. Guns (1983)
18 XYZ (1986)
19 X Japan (1982)
20 Britny Fox (1985)

Very unique in your face sound. Gotta love it!

21 Marilyn Manson (1989)
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1. Guns N' Roses (1985)
2. Bon Jovi (1983)
3. Metallica (1981)
1. Tesla (1982)
2. Bon Jovi (1983)
3. Guns N' Roses (1985)
1. Metallica (1981)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers (1983)
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